"Reading Palestinian Agency in Mandate History: the Buraq Revolt as Indigenous Resistance"

Mon, Feb 18, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Rana Barakat is assistant professor of history and contemporary Arab studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. Her research interests include the history and historiography of colonialism, nationalism, and cultures of resistance. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and has since published in several venues including the Journal of Palestine Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, Settler Colonial Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies. She is currently completing a book monograph, "The Buraq Revolt: Constructing a History of Resistance in Palestine," which argues that this revolt was the first sign in the Mandate period of sustained mass resistance to the settler-colonial project, including direct and rhetorical actions against both political Zionism and British imperialism, planting seeds of mass political mobilization. She is also currently working on a second book monograph titled "Lifta and Resisting the Museumification of Palestine: Indigenous History of the Nakba", which advances an indigenous understanding of time, space, and memory in Palestine by focusing on the details of the people and place of Lifta village over time. She currently holds the Arcapita Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Middle East Institute, Columbia University for Spring term, 2019.

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